CSUSM: TITLE IX & Sexual Violence

Resources and Links to help stop sexual assaults on campuses, nationally and at CSUSM:

Student’s Performance Art Project Update: 
Students help Emma Sulkowicz carry mattress to class in first collective carry,”Excerpt: “At 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, a group of students helped Emma Sulkowicz, CC ’15, carry a mattress from the East Campus courtyard to her class in Schermerhorn Hall. The collective carry event was in support of Sulkowicz’s visual arts senior thesis project, in which she’ll carry a mattress everywhere she goes for as long as her alleged rapist attends Columbia. According to the rules of her performance art piece, Sulkowicz is not allowed to ask for help to carry the mattress, though she can accept help if someone offers it to her.” —Elizabeth Sedran and Samantha Cooney, 09-10-14, Columbia Spectrum
Columbia students and mattress

Columbia students and mattress; photograph: Kiera Wood

Student’s Performance Art Project: Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled
Excerpt: “Now a senior majoring in visual arts, Sulkowicz has devised a senior thesis rooted in performance art that will allow her to protest the fact that her rapist continues to study on campus. She has committed to carrying around a twin-size dorm mattress everywhere she goes on campus, to classes and appointments, ‘for as long as I attend the same school as my rapist.'”  Jessica Roy, New York, 09-2-14

= Empower Students to Stop Sexual Violence
Know Your IX is a national “survivor-run, student-driven campaign” against sexual violence that provides resources and multiple avenues for becoming involved. At individual campuses, student groups are putting together events, raising awareness, and developing new creative ways to build and sustain momentum.”Student Activists Keep Pressure on Campus Sexual Assault

National NPRStudent Activists Keep Pressure on Campus Sexual Assault: by Jennifer Ludden, 5 min, 33 sec
NPR | August 26, 2014 “After finishing her degree, [Dana] Bolger co-founded Know Your IX with Alexandra Brodsky of Yale University, to educate students about their rights. The group has a growing network of campus activists. It connects assault survivors to pro bono attorneys. It staged protests at the Department of Education. That led to meetings with White House officials and members of Congress . . . ”Yes means Yes: California bill demands college students get ‘affirmative consent’ before sex
excerpt: “A California bill that demands college students get “affirmative consent” before engaging in sexual activity passed in the state’s legislative chambers on Thursday. The state’s so-called “yes means yes” law passed unanimously in the state senate and will become law if it is signed by Governor Jerry Brown by the end of September.”—Amanda Holpuch, theguardian, 08-30-14

Beyond ‘no means no’: the future of campus rape prevention is ‘yes means yes’
Jessica Valenti, theguardian, 09-02-14
excerpt: “So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”


CSUSM Title IX website, which houses policies/procedures and provided other links
CSUSM Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Bridget Blanshan
Craven 3600
(760) 750-4056
CSUSM’s Title IX Coordinator is available to explain and discuss: your right to file a criminal complaint (sexual assault and violence); the university’s complaint process, including the investigation process; how confidentiality is handled; available resources, both on and off campus; and other related matters.

Myths and Facts about Sexual Violence: excellent resource for discussion about persistent myths around sexual violence in our culture

CSUSM Information Brochure

CSUSM Recent Campus Crime Alert
Possible Threat to the Campus Community
Sexual Assault and Rape:
 posted 08-22-14

CSUSM Safety Escorts
During the hours between dusk and dawn personal safety escorts will be provided as an additional measure of safety. Escorts will be provided to and from campus buildings, campus parking lots, immediate bus stops and areas immediately adjacent to campus property.
Escort service is provided form dusk to dawn. Call 760-750-4567 to arrange for an escort. A Community Service Officer (CSO) will escort you either by auto, bicycle or on foot, from a campus building to your vehicle, parking lot, or residence hall.

CSUSM and North County Feminists Anonymous
“This is a group of action driven feminists who are trying to raise awareness about violence against women in our communities. We formed as a result of the recent rape reports on local college campuses, following the murders of several women in the community due to domestic violence, and as a result of the ongoing issues revolving sex trafficking in our local cities. We seek to organize demonstrations, forums, vigils, and educational opportunities about the ways in which we can heal this rape culture, stop victim blaming & slut shaming, and ultimately end violence against women.”

The Pride Center provides a welcoming and inclusive space for all students, staff, faculty, and friends to socialize, study, make new friends, and build community.

CSUSM Gender Equity Center
The Gender Equity Center is the collective voice for gender equity and justice at CSUSM. We serve students by combating gender oppression and creating safe, affirming learning communities for all through education, programming, advocacy, and community space. You are invited to join us for an upcoming event, explore our resources and services or stop by the center and make yourself at home!

CSU POLICY STATEMENT, from Executive Order 1097

The CSU is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. All Students have the right to participate fully in CSU programs and activities free from unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. The CSU prohibits Harassment of any kind, including, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. Such behavior violates both law and University policy. The University shall respond promptly and effectively to all reports of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation, and shall take appropriate action to prevent, correct, and when necessary, discipline behavior that violates this policy.

The CSU strives to be free of all forms of unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. This policy is established in compliance with the California Equity in Higher Education Act (Education Code § 66250 et seq.), Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, among other applicable state and federal laws. It is CSU policy that no Student shall, on the basis of any Protected Status, be unlawfully excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, any CSU program or activity. Nor shall a Student be otherwise subjected to unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation for exercising any rights under this Executive Order.

Except as noted below, any Campus community member who knows or has reason to know of allegations or acts that violate this policy, shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator or Title IX Coordinator (where the allegations involve Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence). Except as noted below, Employees are required to disclose the name of a possible victim of Sexual Violence to the Title IX Coordinator even where the victim has requested that his/her name remain confidential; the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether confidentiality is appropriate given the circumstances of each such incident as set forth in Executive Order 1095.

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